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How many basses is ideal for your bassists arsenal?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by KayXero, Dec 22, 2013.

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How many basses for your arsenal? (basses that see frequent use)

  1. 1

    21 vote(s)
    10.2%
  2. 2

    56 vote(s)
    27.3%
  3. 3

    59 vote(s)
    28.8%
  4. 4 or more

    69 vote(s)
    33.7%
  1. KayXero

    KayXero

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    I think around 3 is a good number (for now I only use four stringers);

    A) Your fave, main player...tuned to whichever tuning you play the most (for me thats EADG on a passive short scale PJ bass with 2 stacked Volume/tones and 1 3 way switch)

    B) A beater that you use for when you go to places you wouldnt want to lose a fave bass. Or simply a second bass you enjoy tuned to your second most used tuning (for me this is half step down on a passive PJ wired VVT)

    C) Tertiary bass used for a third tuning option (Drop D for me when I get it soon. Probably will have humbucking soap bars, possibly active pups)

    How bout you guys? 3 seems like a nice number in my book, considering they will all see playing time. But Im sure many will say the more basses the better. And I know also that many guys only have a bass or two. Backups are always nice though. And I know many of you play extended ranges too.
  2. Doctor J

    Doctor J

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    What's wrong with one of each? ;)
  3. SolarMan

    SolarMan Supporting Member

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    Three for me.

    P with rounds, P with flats, [other] with rounds.

    (thinking I need a J for 2014).
  4. Kmonk

    Kmonk

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    Endorsing Artist: Fender and Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I own several MIA Fenders, a few Alembics and Spectors. They all get played but I primarily use a Jazz and a Precision at gigs.
  5. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he looks Supporting Member

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    2: An old modified Ibby, tuned to BEAD and a rather new G&L L2000 in standard tuning. Both with EB flatwounds.
  6. soxhats

    soxhats Supporting Member

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    For me, it's four right now: P with flats, P with rounds, Jazz with rounds, hollowbody with flats. But I could see getting it down to three (one P). I was at six earlier this year.

    Just last night, I debated with a friend, who insisted a bass player needs only one, and it has to be a P. Whatever.
  7. gregmon79

    gregmon79 We've come to kill gods...... Supporting Member

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    For me, it's my go to, an active ATK 300. An active Squier P with emg-pax's and a Squier affinity p/j. All with stainless steel rounds. I put flats on the P occasionally and I plan on putting different pups in the P/j as I think the stock ones are a bit boomy. IMO it's the best of all the worlds of bass. It's like having a P, a jazz if I wanted it to be and an MM of sorts.
  8. DannyBob

    DannyBob

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    2 for me:
    1) Ibanez SR300 with roundwounds tuned E-A-D-G
    2) Custom P Bass with flatwounds tuned C-F-A#-D#
  9. BassikLee

    BassikLee

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    I currently have about thirty basses, in two states. Too many? Prolly.
  10. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

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    Jazz, Precision, stingray, fretless.
  11. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

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    Basses are just tools. You need as many as you need. Other people many have different needs. We're all different. Why make polls?
  12. NYCbassist

    NYCbassist Supporting Member

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    I have 3 but only need 1.
  13. Davo-London

    Davo-London

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    1 Fretted BG
    2 Fretless BG
    3 Fretless ABG
  14. georgestrings

    georgestrings Supporting Member

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    Exactly...


    - georgestrings
  15. bachlover

    bachlover Supporting Member

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    Just one more.......
  16. agreatheight

    agreatheight

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    Two is fine for me currently. A main player and a backup. I don't mind retuning between songs and don't have much need for more than one great base tone. In a different situation it could be more.
  17. hsech

    hsech Your opinion doesn't trump mine. Gold Supporting Member

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    Fender Precision, Gibson SG Standard, Gibson 5 String EB, Fender Mustang, Warwick Corvette Standard.
  18. KayXero

    KayXero

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    This friend couldnt have been a bassist, or was he?
    Why not make a poll?

    Clearly Im trying to get an idea of how big others bassists arsenals are.
  19. drews.anderson

    drews.anderson

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    what I take with me: a 4 stringer; a 5 stringer; a fretless; an 8 stringer (octaves); an ABG.
    I have two other for special ocasions.
  20. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS * Supporting Member

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    "Frequent use" - for me that's three basses: fretted and fretless Overwater 5-str jazz, 4-str Eminence electric upright.

    I have a couple more basses to choose from but they don't see a live gig very often. When we include an unplugged type set and I don't want to bring the EUB I may instead play a Rob Allen or Rick Turner bass for a somewhat acoustic sound.

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